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Dr. Kate was featured on an episode of Chatting with the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce–Check it out!

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Dental Implant Training

Drs. John and Kate, along with assistants Brenda and Amber, recently traveled to an all-day conference in Milwaukee, WI to hear Dr. Louis Al-Faraje lecture on advances in dental implants.  Dr. Al-Faraje is a well-known leader in the world of dental implants.  In addition to his private practice, he has authored numerous textbooks and has a training facility in San Diego, CA, called the The California Implant Institute.  Through generous sponsorship with the Wisconsin Academy of General Dentistry, Wisconsin dental professionals were able to hear Dr. Al-Faraje lecture without needing to travel across the country.

We are excited to bring the information we learned back to the office!

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(L to R: Dr. John, Dr. Kate, Dr. Al-Faraje, Brenda, Amber)

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This June, Drs. John and Kate traveled to Los Angeles for training in the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) with John Chao, D.D.S. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small “pinhole” made by a needle, specially designed instruments gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Unlike traditional gum surgery or gum grafting, this technique involves no cutting or stitching.  Patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement!

Here is a link to a video of the procedure.

Here are some photos from the class.


All of the participating doctors in the course


Dr. John with Dr. Chao


Dr. John, Dr. Kate, area-dentist Dr. Angie, Dr. Chao


Dr. Kate with Dr. Chao


Dr. John and Dr. Kate doing hands-on surgery practice




Dr. John and Dr. Kate with colleagues at a traditional Chinese dinner for Dr. Chao’s birthday


 Dr. Kate participating in a group putting contest

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Advanced Dental Surgery

For many people, hearing about travel to the Dominican Republic inspires wistful comments about how the beaches are supposed to be gorgeous, the weather perfect, and the sunshine plentiful.  While it is true that Dr. John, Dr. Kate and Brenda all saw sunshine in the morning while in the Dominican Republic November 8-12, 2012, there were no days spent on the beach or lounging by the pool.  In fact, there was no time in the water at all!

All three traveled south to gain skills in performing (Dr. John and Dr. Kate) and assisting (Brenda) advanced oral surgeries while treating a population of patients badly needing care.  The group they traveled with has been on 14 excursions like this. Each trip partners doctors from around the world with clinics in different countries that have hundreds of patients needing access to these more advanced dental surgeries.

After arriving in the late afternoon of November 8, all three settled into the hotel and met up with the other doctors from around the United States and other countries.  There were doctors from countries such as Japan, Haiti, and Brazil.  The doctors were divided into 3 groups and further assigned experienced dental specialists to supervise the surgeries.

The days in the clinic were long–on the second day the bus didn’t return to the hotel until 10:30 pm.  The group saw 150 patients on that second day.  The patients traveled from all over the country and waited patiently in line, many arriving around 7 am.

The equipment made us grateful for how lucky were are back home to have good power and suction available.  On the second day, the power went out around 6 pm.  It took 30 minutes to track down gasoline to get the generators running.  In the meantime, our patients had to bite on gauze and wait to have their surgeries completed.

We were also grateful to have the opportunity to work with other doctors from around the world.  Each night we had dinner very late but enjoyed the camaraderie as we got to know many wonderful people.

We clean up well for dinner at 10:30 at night!

On our last day we took a photo with the doctor (center) and assistant (far right) who helped us during our 3 days in the clinic.

We also enjoyed a nice dinner on our last evening in a 2000 year old cave.  Once again we didn’t eat dinner until 10:30 at night, but we were able to work until late in the evening at the clinic.

In the end, our group saw over 400 patients.  It was a very rewarding experience.  Perhaps a trip to the Dominican Republic in the future to visit the beaches would be nice.  However, this trip provided a tremendous opportunity for us to gain skills in advanced oral surgery while helping a population in need.

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